subsidy cost per mt CO2eq abated via goverment supports to biofuels
(including cellulosic) and nuclear energy. Integrating data from
McKinsey & Co. on abatement options, demonstrates subsidies
comprise the least efficient options for addressing climate
change. Prepared for Greenpeace…
Prepared with the National Policy Workgroup of the National Recycling Coalition. September 1999. Analysis identifies and quantifies a number of direct and indirect subsidies that put recycled materials at a disadvantage to virgin materials.
Published in Waste News Op-Ed, August 6, 2001. A host of new subsidies to converting a wide variety of biomass-based wastes into energy were proposed in legislation during 2001; many of these policies are in the newest energy bills before Congress again during 2003. By increasing the returns for…
Prepared while at Industrial Economics, for the Office of Policy Planning and Evaluation, US EPA, October 1996. Pat Bradley of the Office of Water and Robert Benson of the Office of Policy Planning and Evaluation served as project managers. Also available through EPA.
Published in Resource Recycling, November 1994. Detailed assessment of how federal subsidies to the Bonneville Power Administration reduce the price of primary aluminum and with it the incentive to recycle the metal. The article estimated that the resulting undervaluation of embedded energy savings…
Prepared for the National Recycling Coalition, 2001.
Subsidies to methane recovery at solid waste landfills is often supported on the grounds that it encourages energy diversification and prevents the emissions of important greenhouse gases to the environment. However, this analysis suggests that…
Extremely detailed, widely peer-reviewed, examination of subsidies to oil in the United States throughout every stage of the fuel cycle. Includes plain-language explanations of how different types of subsidy programs operate and why the are valuable to the recipient industries. This is useful…
Learn about the power of Policy-Enhanced Investing
to turn nuclear power from the dog of Wall Street into the
mightily-hyped favored solution for all of the US' energy woes in this tongue-and-cheek strategic review of the industry.
Updated estimates of subsidies to nuclear energy showing that 60-90% of the cost of new nuclear power is the result of public subsidy rather than private investment. Prepared for the Nuclear Policy Institute Symposium on Nuclear Power and Global Warming, November 2005.